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Jun 7, 2015 9:33 PM CST
|Maybe some type of Hummingbird Moth.|
Jun 7, 2015 9:37 PM CST
|Some type of Hummingbird Moth.|
Jun 8, 2015 9:58 AM CST
|Probably a Snowberry Clearwing, but definitely a Hummingbird Moth.|
Jun 8, 2015 10:18 AM CST
|some people call them hawk moths. |
They start out as big green horned worms that eat everything!
some of them are quite beautiful with elaborate markings and colors. I have seen them out at dusk.
Jun 8, 2015 10:33 AM CST
|Hummingbird moths are the adult of hornworms but not the green tobacco/tomato hornworms that we see in vegetable gardens doing all of the damage.|
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Jun 8, 2015 7:36 PM CST
|Thanks everyone! It was exciting for my kids to see!|
Jun 9, 2015 12:07 PM CST
|We had one two years ago. It was almost tame. I sure wish we would get more.|
Jan 18, 2016 11:32 PM CST
|I'm a newish member here and am slowly going back to look through older posts. It is something to remind me of summer when it feels like -25F outside.|
I love these little day flying sphinx or hummingbird moths. We get three of similar size and shape here, and you should be able to see all three in Minnesota too.
The one you saw is the Nessus Sphinx (Amphion floridensis) moth, and the only one that has those glowing yellow stripes that you can see from half way across the yard.
The other two are more closely related to each other and a bit harder to tell apart from a distance.
Snowberry Clearwing (Hemaris diffinis)
Hummingbird Clearwing (Hemaris thysbe)
The Nessus Sphinx is the one I see least frequently, although according to my book all are considered "common".
A couple of years ago I actually saw a Hummingbird Clearwing lays eggs on my arrowwood viburnum. I was able to find the eggs and raise them to adulthood to watch their whole lifecycle, which was a lot of fun.
Jan 20, 2016 4:51 PM CST
|Nice pictures Reid!|
I have trouble getting a clear shot of them.
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